Special Priorities Assistance Program:

Its Shortfalls and Its Possibilities

PSAD-76-93: Published: Apr 2, 1976. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 1976.

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The Special Priorities Assistance Program was designed to insure that businesses and industry accept and fill defense-related orders ahead of commercial orders in periods of mobilization readiness.

The Program: (1) did not work when needed; (2) was used where it did not apply; (3) lacked enforcement; and (4) may not function effectively as a mobilization mechanism when and if the need arises.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Commerce should: (1) obtain compliance with Federal directives and enforce established procedures; (2) eliminate unnecessary or improper use of special priorities assistance requests; (3) emphasize that cognizant Government agencies have the authority to resolve many more priorities problems; (4) make sure that one organizational unit has full authority and responsibility for complete request processing; (5) work more closely with industry to insure better understanding of the Special Priorities Assistance Program; and (6) include in the instructions more specific information on the proper use of the program. It is also recommended that the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and the Energy Research and Development Administration: (1) require thorough attempts to resolve priorities problems and eliminate improper uses; (2) consider eliminating some processing levels; (3) report all violations; and (4) complement Commerce efforts to improve industry understanding of the program.

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